9 Aug 2016

Back to School Crafts: Book Bag Charm

It seems like yesterday that I was fretting about J in his first year of school. We are less than a month away from the start of the new school year and I really don’t want this summer to end. For we are having too much fun, doing nothing and then something.

Try as I might, images of yet-to-be-bought new school shoes and uniforms keep popping into my head. I refuse to be one of those super-organised parents who finish shopping for the new school year even before their kids break up for the summer. I know; I miss out on all the juicy bargains on school things that always seem to be about in the beginning of June. But that’s me. The shopping and name tagging will be in the last week of August, just days before the start of school.

One thing J will need this year is a book bag. His last bag is on its last legs, having lasted a whole year of ferrying reading books, water bottles, star charts and innovative craft creations to and from school. The bag will be bought in the last week of August along with his other school things.

In the meantime, as part of our summer of fun activities, we have made a little charm to hang on said new book bag. It took all of five minutes to make, and J was able to do most of it by himself.

So our Book Bag Charm ticks all the boxes as far as kids’ crafts are concerned. Quick, easy and fun to make, plus a great way to personalise your child’s book bag. An absolute winner, if you ask me. Don’t just take my word for it. Try it with your kids and I bet you will agree.

To make our Book Bag Charm you will need:
  • A piece of thin flexible plastic wire
  • Beads
  • A pair of foam shapes
  • Glue. We used the Bostik Glu Pen

Here is how you can make the Book Bag Charm:
  • Place a knot on one end of the plastic wire some distance away from the end.
  • Thread in a bunch of colourful beads on the wire.
  • Stick the foam shapes one on either side, such that the wire is sandwiched between the two shapes. Use a drop of glue to secure the shapes.
  • Add a couple more beads to the wire beyond the shapes, and finish off with another knot.
  • Your charm is ready and can be tied to your book bag.  

The bag will get here, as will the new shoes and uniform. When it is time. For I will not wish away the summer by the presence of brand new school things lurking at the back of the wardrobe. No. We have to make the most of this structure-less existence for as long as we can.

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Back to School Crafts: Book Bag Charm

Disclosure: We were sent a box of craft material to complete this challenge as part of the Bostik Blogger campaign.

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